The Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC) has returned to PRIME TIME! In 1997, during the earliest phase of PRIME TIME’s national expansion, the MHC became the first statewide agency to partner with the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities on the PRIME TIME project. Through a grant from LEH, the Canton Public Library became the first site in the state to present this innovative program. As part of the current “Shell-LEH National Gulf States PRIME TIME Initiative,” MHC will implement approximately six PRIME TIME Family Reading Time programs over twelve months.
David Morgan, Special Projects Director for Mississippi Humanities and PRIME TIME project director, tells us, “The Mississippi Humanities Council has decided to join forces with the LEH’s PRIME TIME Family Reading Time program as part of its Family Literacy Initiative. The MHC, which previously served as a pilot site for PRIME TIME, has made this decision based upon several advantages of the LEH’s reading program including the availability of intensive training of key program personnel; direct access to materials, information and consultants associated with this program; and the availability of a variety of books and discussion curricula. This final advantage will allow families to participate in multiple reading and discussion series, thus helping to reinforce and encourage their family reading experience. (The question most frequently asked by our always eager participants is ‘When will the program start again!’). The MHC is looking forward to partnering with the LEH in furthering this important endeavor incorporating parents, children, literacy and the humanities.”